News 12 at 11, December 7, 2007
THOMSON, Ga -- A number of Georgia agencies are working together to figure out if a man who was once in a position of trust and power, robbed two Georgia banks this week.
Sources close to this investigation tell News 12 the man who robbed a McDuffie and Oconee County banks may be a former District Attorney.
Surveillance pictures from two Monday bank robberies provide some clues. The first robbery was at Regions Bank in Thomson, Ga, the other a few hours later at a Watkinsville bank; that's near Athens and only 70 miles away from the McDuffie County heist.
The FBI thinks the gray haired and gray bearded robber is the same man.
Now, Sources close to the investigation tell News 12, the main suspect is Tim Madison, a former Georgia District Attorney for 25 years.
We're told his Franklin County home was searched today (Friday November 7, 2007) and he's been questioned by the GBI.
Madison, made a career of prosecuting felons in the Piedmont Judicial Circuit which includes Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties.
He resigned in June and was indicted by the State Attorney General's office in August.
Madison, his wife Linn Jones (aka Linn Madison) and an Assistant District Attorney, are all three facing felony charges; suspected of stealing money from the Banks County government.
Madison faces nine felony counts, including theft by taking, theft by receiving and violating his oath of office for misusing funds provided to operate the Banks County Office in 2005.
The indictment also alleges Madison and his wife Linn forged time cards in 2005 and 2006 to get money for Linn for hours she never worked. They each face four counts of making false statements in connection with the time cards.
Both have plead not guilty.
News 12 called the State Attorney General's Office for background on the case, and when we mentioned the possible connection to the bank robberies, we were told the office was "familiar" with the possible link.
If Madison is convicted, he faces jail time, fines and restitution. No trial date is set.
We're also told other charges are pending in other counties against Madison, but the State Attorney General's office wouldn't give News 12 any specifics, or comment any further on the case.
The GBI also wouldn't confirm Madison is the main suspect in the bank robberies, only saying this is an ongoing investigation.